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  1. #1
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    Default Bottle filling machine

    I am looking at getting a bottle filling machine. It will be hooked to a 600 gallon heated used milk tank. Next year we will be bottling 3 to 4 barrels per month. Currently using 2 Maxant 25 gal bottling tanks and a Kelly 80 gallon tank. I want something automated to get the volume correct without overfilling.

    I did some searches on here and didn't find a lot. Dadant has the Fill Master and Mann Lake has the EZ-Fill and Piston Filler.

    To those doing something similar, what would you reccomend and why?

    Thanks, Johnny
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    Default Re: Bottle filling machine

    This thread from October may be of interest to you:

    https://www.beesource.com/forums/show...-Bottling-Line
    Graham
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    Default Re: Bottle filling machine

    I use a Cazzoli filling machine, works great.

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    Default Re: Bottle filling machine

    I have used the Ez fill from Mann lake and it is a nice little unit.

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    Look up nassenhieder on you tube, you can watch them in action. Mann lake ez fill were nassenheider units
    Last edited by gmcharlie; 12-18-2013 at 10:08 AM. Reason: Cost changed

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    I have used the Fillmaster for years and it is a great machine. I have heard that the Mann Lake (Nassenheider) will not work with warm honey unless the bottling tank outlet is higher than the inlet to the filling machine. Don't know if that is true.
    Lloyd Spear

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    Any gear pump, volumetric bottler, regardless of brand will achieve maximum accuracy, shot to shot if the tanks are elevated higher than the pump.
    This would not apply if the bottler was controled by a load cell, which most small units are not.
    For maximum accuracy, begin your bottling session by attaching a hose to the pump outlet, set the controller to "PUMP", and purge out all of the honey in the line back to tank.
    Now you have warm honey throughout.
    Then do a few single shots and weigh on a small scale.
    After any small tweaks you can now beginn bottling.
    A lot depends on just how accurate you want to be.
    I have exactly ONE more hive than you.
    That makes my opinion beyond dispute!

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    I am leaning towards the EZ Fill or the Fillmaster. The info I can find says they are a lot easier to clean.

    Johnny
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    This may help, these machines are used widely in the uk and there is an agent in the US as well http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IG24kH1DouA

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    I agree with the machine in #9. We have a Dana apimatic 2000 model, it fills 5-600#/hour. Hot or cold honey-does not matter.it will suck honey from a drum located below the pump(gotta prime it though) We bought it to pack partially crystallized raw honey. over a million pounds so far. (maybe 2 as I don't really keep track.) Very good customer service if you need assistance or extra parts. Ours survived a honey house fire a few years ago. a board and a new touch control panel were easy to install and the tech guys in Denmark really were helpful on the troubleshooting andinstallation. I would buy one again.
    Nick

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    George Brenner @ www.valleyhoneyco.com
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    I have a Maxant and I love it. There is not a better unit out there. I have the 16 gallon one and might get a another for a second flavor. I bottle right before I sell so it is not crystallize so I leave warm honey in the tank all the time.

    http://www.maxantindustries.com/bottling.html

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    Default Re: Bottle filling machine

    Quote Originally Posted by EastSideBuzz View Post
    I have a Maxant and I love it. There is not a better unit out there. I have the 16 gallon one and might get a another for a second flavor. I bottle right before I sell so it is not crystallize so I leave warm honey in the tank all the time.

    http://www.maxantindustries.com/bottling.html
    Loved my Maxant but switched to this one http://www.epakmachinery.com/portabl...roduct-filler/ by Epak eariler this year and way better for just a bit more money.

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